Bellaire High School is in the Houston Independent School District and is located in Bellaire, Texas. In the 1980s Bellaire added Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs to its curriculum. In the 2000s Bellaire was listed as one of the top performing high schools in the US. It won national and international awards for its academic and athletic programs. Many of the school’s graduates go on to prestigious American universities.
The school has a long history for producing students who are high academic achievers. In 2005, Bellaire ranked #108 in the top 1,000 high schools in the US in Newsweek magazine. The school has approximately 30 National Merit Scholars each year. The school had 40 National Merit Scholars in 2005. In addition, 323 out of 3,400 students were AP scholars in 2005. The colleges that have accept Bellaire high school graduates include Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University.
The programs that won national and international awards include baseball, debate, orchestra, and science. The school’s yearbook, the Carillon, consistently wins high school yearbook awards. In addition, the highest SAT scores in the district come from Bellaire high school. The average score was almost 1,200 in 2005. Two students received perfect scores on university entry standardized tests in 2011. Daniel Yun scored 2,400 on the SAT and Amy Jiang scored a 36 on the ACT.
In Newsweek magazine, the school ranked 80, 86, 112, 109, and 100 of the top high schools in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008 respectively. The school has competed well in ranking with over 20,000 high schools in the US. These rankings reflect that the school is in the top 0.5% in the country.
In the 2004-2005 academic year, 323 students earned AP Scholar by the College Board as a recognition of their achievements on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. The school’s students have been awarded international science competition prizes in the past several years: in 2001 a silver medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad, in 2002 a third award in Zoology in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in 2005 a US delegate in the ExpoScience International and a silver medal in the International Biology Olympiad, in 2006 an honorable mention for a research paper in the First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics, in 2007 a third award in Molecular Biology in the ISEF, and in 2008 a finalists in the Siemens Competition.
Moreover, the science fair team also gets awarded high achievements in both the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and Texas Science and Engineering Fair. With only 36 regional finalists in individual projects selected from over thousands of projects each year, in 2005 Bellaire had a regional finalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition.
The school is also well recognized for its Magnet School for foreign languages which offers Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, and Latin.
Parents are so set on getting their children into Bellaire high school that they try to use political connections to get their children enrolled into the high school.
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